- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley continued to poke at the notion of political dynasties this week in the early presidential state of Iowa, declaring that the presidency is not a “hereditary right.”

The presidency is not something to be passed “back and forth between two families,” he told MSNBC’s Ari Melber in Des Moines.

“It is a sacred trust to be earned and exercised on behalf of the people of our country,” he said. “I think that the way it’s supposed to work is if you feel that you can lead our country forward and you have the ideas and the experience to do it, you offer it. And then once you offer it, it’s up to the people to decide. But I don’t believe that it’s a hereditary right.”

Former Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton could announce her 2016 White House bid as early as this weekend, according to reports. And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former U.S. presidents, is laying the groundwork for his own run on the Republican side.

“There is an ‘inevitable’ front runner who remains ‘inevitable’ right up until he or she’s no longer inevitable,” Mr. O’Malley also said. “And the person that emerges as the alternative is the person that usually no one in America had heard of before — until that person got into a van and went county to county to county.”

Mr. O’Malley, who is pondering a White House run of his own, has called for tighter Wall Street regulations and has chided his own party on the issue.

“Our Democratic party has come up short — people expected us to actually put some common sense regulations in place,” he said. “There are more repercussions for a person being a chronic speeding violator in our country,” he said, “than there is for a big bank being a chronic violator of SEC rules.”

Mr. O’Malley is scheduled to attend a Polk County Democrats dinner Friday evening along with former Sen. James Webb of Virginia, who is also weighing a presidential run on the Democratic side.

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